[Case Study] 5 Areas Of EHS Excellence For USG Corporation

[Case Study] 5 Areas Of EHS Excellence For USG Corporation

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The 5 Elements Of A World-Class Behavior Based Safety (BBS) Program Part1

The 5 Elements Of A World-Class Behavior Based Safety (BBS) Program Part1

Introducing a Behavior Based Safety (BBS) program is a great way to change an organization’s safety culture, if done correctly. The programs I have seen over the years have taken many forms. 

Let’s take a quiz. 

Which of the following is the ideal form of a BBS program?

  1. Finding fault with employee actions and making corrections (sometimes punitive actions)
  2. Using behavior science to eliminate hazards or identify administrative controls
  3. Analyzing observational data and rewarding good behavior through a “token” system

The ideal BBS program collects large amounts of information about employee habits to affect change and hopefully take the company’s safety program to the “next level”, even making it world-class. So, the answer is (b).

A successful BBS program requires the following pieces working in unison: 

  • Dedicated involvement from every employee (even the CEO); including contractors and sub-contractors makes the program even stronger
  • A method for collecting and evaluating the data
  • Mechanisms for instituting change to policies, procedures, and systems
  • Leadership’s willingness to admit that there’s a better way and to start over

Behavioral-Based Safety is a process that considers the observable behavioral patterns of employees and aligns that to a safety standard in order to encourage safety habits at all levels of production. In practice, the implementation of safety tools such as safety signs, training, regulations, and even company culture can be altered or emphasized as a result of BBS data. BBS is most effective when treated as a continuous loop, constantly adapting to your employee, safety and business needs. These elements are included in what I consider to be the complete BBS process.

Behavior Based Safety

In the subsequent parts of this blog series on BBS, I’ll discuss the various steps of this complete BBS process in more detail.

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2 Simple Steps To Avoid Injuries At Work [Video]

2 Simple Steps To Avoid Injuries At Work [Video]

While lug nuts tighten themselves, many manual tasks such as tightening them can be dangerous to humans. This is because repetitive motions like this put a lot of stress on the wrists which could lead to injury. The best way for companies to combat injuries would be by employing machinery that does these types of things and utilizing it’s speediness while also making sure their employees are staying safe from harm If you want to make your workplace more safe, fostering a culture of safety is essential.

This means that every worker should feel like they are the “safety manager.” To do this, be transparent with data about common accidents and where they occur in order for workers to know what’s going on around their work area so that it can help them stay aware of potential hazards.

Make sure also to implement safety management software as an predictive measure – not only will it show employees how often something happens at certain points but if there were any changes made last month or year-round triggers from earlier years (e.g., someone was injured during construction) then these could alert managers who may have forgotten!

What strategies have worked well for your company in keeping its employees safe? Leave a comment below.

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Better Safe Than Sorry: IoT’s Role In Transportation And Logistics [Video]

Better safe than sorry: IoT's role in transportation and logistics [Video]

The Internet of Things is changing the game for keeping workers safe. Companies can aggregate data on movement, operational efficiency and incidents through connecting warehouses, shipping yards and trucks to help safety managers identify high-risk activities or areas in need of improvement.

Deloitte’s “The Future Computed” report estimates that by 2020 there will be almost 26 billion IoT devices around the world from refrigerators to connected cars with over 95% linked up within five years time!
Companies who are able to aggregate data on movement, operational efficiency and incidents can make better safety decisions. By connecting warehouses, shipping yards and trucks companies have the opportunity to spot high-risk activities before they happen which will reduce workplace injuries.

The Internet of Things is creating new possibilities in every industry, and the facility management field will be no different. With IoT, managers can reroute truck traffic to avoid accidents or update a driver’s GPS so they don’t get distracted while driving. Now is the perfect time for any company that wants an edge over their competitors to invest in this powerful technology!

Has your company incorporated IoT yet? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts on how the Internet of Things can impact safety.

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It’s All In The Numbers: Data-Driven Safety Performance [Video]

It's All In The Numbers: Data-Driven Safety Performance [Video]

Data is everywhere in the modern world, but could you imagine life without it? The value of data will always be evident as safety managers are able to leverage this resource for safety and performance improvements. This has helped prevent accidents while reducing costs due to claims. Data can seem like a ubiquitous burden on our daily lives—but don’t we have enough problems already?!

Yet just because there may not be an escaping from it doesn’t mean that there isn’t still merits within its use such as helping companies prevent potential incidents or reduce their insurance rates with fewer losses from injury-related claims. It costs much more to react rather than prevent workplace accidents.

Reduce your company’s risk today by incorporating a safety strategy that works to predict, instead of rectify these occurrences! Workers’ compensation, productivity downtime and legal battles are just some of the big-ticket expenses saved through this method.

OSHA has reported businesses could save 40% off their risks simply from using such an approach; what do you have to lose? For many CFOs and CEOs, understanding the data their company collects is just half of the battle. Especially when it comes to safety initiatives… One study reports that 85% of these people understand how important injury report data can be but they’re not sure what to do with this information once they have collected it.

That’s why some companies are turning towards EHS software for a solution – so they know exactly which problems need attention before any incidents happen in their workplace! Collecting data doesn’t always mean you will make meaningful improvements on your business’ health performance as an employer or employee; one-fourth (25%) don’t even realize where injuries occur within their facilities according to recent research from The Safety & Health Achievement Recognition

How has your company benefited from EHS software? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Organizations Need To Synergize Their Safety Programs [Video]

Organizations Need To Synergize Their Safety Programs [Video]

For some time now, many organizations have been reliant on the safety programs they set forth and adhered to. But this reliance has become a problem of sorts: it is hindering them from succeeding in other departments that are not strictly related to risk management or employee health and wellness.

Risk management teams should be aware of how their siloed approach can hinder success elsewhere within an organization Naysayers may say that keeping track of incident reports with pen and paper is old school, but it’s time to innovate workplace safety.

Safety coordinators need more than just a report—they also want to know why something happened in order to avoid potential disasters both on the job and financially. With technology like mobile apps or analytics software, there are plenty of ways for managers who take their responsibility seriously not only measure incidents overall but also pinpoint what went wrong so as best possible solutions can be found before another catastrophe occurs.

Businesses can have a safe, risk-free environment by tracking and archiving injury report data with the use of Environmental Health & Safety software. It is capable of bridging gaps between departments that would otherwise lead to hidden risks being identified within your company’s structure! A common workplace injury might not be as specific to one department but instead could apply across many different jobs because it has been left unaddressed for too long.

Has your company swapped out writing tools for a keyboard or tablet? Let us know how the transition is going by leaving a comment below.

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Small Businesses Use Safety Management For Success [Video]

Small Businesses Use Safety Management For Success [Video]

Small businesses are not immune to workplace injuries. Large corporations have made strides in recent years by integrating safety management software into their operations, but small business owners too busy juggling the day-to-day activities of running a company may be unaware that they will also need to take steps towards protecting themselves from potential litigation and lawsuits if an incident occurs on company grounds or involving one of its employees.

Do you think that Environmental, Health and Safety programs are a waste of funds or too expensive to implement? Well if so, then maybe it’s time for some new ideas. Many executives see three-to-one return on investment in money spent on employee safety while others believe the ROI is tenfold!

Environmental health and saftey (EHS) can be costly but many employers gain back more than what they put into their EHS programs with improved communication among employees who feel safer in an environment where risks have been identified early by trained professionals before incidents occur “Smaller companies tend to lag behind without a system in place.”

Your best workers are worth just as much to your company’s bottom line- if not more- than the others. Jim, for example, is a master drill shaft operator and spends most of his time in production when he isn’t training new hires or performing maintenance on equipment that less skilled employees can easily handle themselves.

When injuries like those from construction accidents happen it forces him out of commission for three months at least with very little likelihood that you’ll be able to replace an employee who has been injured by accident because they’re so valuable and rare these days Fewer Injuries Equate To Higher Productivity By Your Star Workers

Does your small business have the tools it needs to ensure workplace safety? Let us know what’s helping your company succeed by leaving a comment below.

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Does Your Organization Incorporate Automation? [Video]

Does your organization incorporate automation? [Video]

Musculoskeletal injuries are among the most common and costly causes of work-related injury in almost any industry. In order to protect workers, many companies have tried implementing automation techniques which reduce worker fatigue while still getting the job done. Muscle aches or repetitive motion from overuse can lead to musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis that result in lost time on the job.

Automation is one way employers try to prevent these debilitating issues by reducing damage caused by prolonged periods at a computer desk with manual tasks performed repeatedly throughout each shift; automated equipment also encourages more ergonomically correct posture during use when compared those who perform similar duties without mechanization assistance due for example, heavy lifting and carrying.

There are many dangerous jobs in the world, but working as a mechanic or manufacturing worker can be some of the most hazardous. The long hours and intense labor take an immense toll on your body, which is especially difficult with all of society’s advances in technology. Employers should use automation at every turn to eliminate manual work so employees last longer while building high quality products without physical pain.

Risk of injury increases when ergonomic risks are not identified and addressed. For example, safety management software can help identify and evaluate these risk factors in a workplace to reduce the likelihood of accidents happening again which helps save time as well as money on workers compensation claims that will inevitably happen if no change is made.

What are some safety methods you’ve incorporated at your automotive facility? Leave a comment below, and thanks for watching!

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The Power Of Mobile Risk Assessment [Video]

The power of mobile risk assessment [Video]

At most employers, workers are not allowed to use cellphones during work. However, this could be changing in some circles where 68% of Americans have smartphones and EHS software can provide mobile risk assessments that help safety managers understand potential dangers on the worksite.

At most workplaces around America it is against company policy for employees to carry a cellphone with them while at their job site – but according to research by Gallup there’s been an increase in such policies as more people acquire the technology needed for one point contact (68%).

Environmental health and safety software has also become increasingly popular among many companies which offer tools like Mobile Risk Assessments- these allow management better understanding of areas potentially posing danger within your workplace without having any physical presence or being able The power of safety just got a whole lot smarter and more accessible.

That’s because companies have realized that the best way to cut down reaction time in emergencies is by giving every worker on site access to an emergency beacon no matter where they are or what kind of phone they’re using. Now, workers can use their phones as walkie talkies with each other – even if there isn’t internet connectivity!

How valuable do you think mobile risk assessment and injury reporting is? Leave a comment below, and thanks for watching!

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What’s The No. 1 OSHA Citation Of 2017? [Video]

What's the No. 1 OSHA citation of 2017? [Video]

OSHA released their annual list of the 10 most common safety violations in 2017, and it is no surprise that fall protection topped the list. It accounted for approximately 6,072 cases (almost a third) making it one of the leading causes of workplace injury or death. Not only will you likely be fined if caught violating this regulation but your company could also face serious penalties like halting work at all sites until improvements are made to provide proper means for preventing falls from height.

Construction workers are more often given adequate fall protection in 2016, according to OSHA. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued nearly 7,000 citations related to inadequate falls last year alone- a drop from the previous two years that indicates companies are making an effort to provide this safety measure for all employees tasked with navigating elevated structures on job sites.

However, there is always room for improvement. Environmental Health and Safety stakeholders interested in more effectively protecting their employees from falls should connect with ProcessMAP today. Our state-of-the-art hazard analysis and incident management software can help EHS make real headway in this area and avoid contributing to the OSHA Top 10. 

Check back soon for a deeper look at OSHA’s Top 10 citations in 2017!

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EHS Software Rewards Companies Of All Sizes [Video]

EHS Software Rewards Companies Of All Sizes [Video]

In the case of environmental, health and safety software, reward comes without risk. While software benefits companies of all sizes, small and mid-sized businesses are most at risk for workplace safety citations, creating a need to reevaluate their safety management practices.

Optimal safety performance begins with having the right tools and getting employee buy-in. EHS software is pivotal in streamlining processes, making it easier for employees to do their jobs – and reinforcing positive behaviors to build a strong safety culture.

Once the right tools are in place and employees are onboard, safety managers can utilize historical injury data to identify injury trends and occupational hazards. This allows them to create a safer workplace by mitigating hazards and delivering the right training to employees.

Has your small or mid-sized business implemented EHS software? Leave a comment below to let us know your experience.

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How Modernizing Data Can Better Protect Employees [Video]

How Modernizing Data Can Better Protect Employees [Video]

Companies still taking notes with pen and paper will have to switch things up on January first, 2017. This is when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requiring all businesses to electronically submit their injury reports.

Transparency is key in creating a safer workplace. OSHA believes making injury records public will push employers in the direction of creating safer workplaces. Also, it can serve as a reminder for employees to be careful.

Businesses reportedly spend nearly one hundred and seventy billion dollars a year on occupational injuries and illnesses. OSHA believes organizations that invest in health and safety management systems can cut their costs by twenty to forty percent.

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